ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) – New Yorkers who have a driver’s license, non driver ID, or learner’s permit can now go online to choose X as a gender marker.
The governor’s office says that New Yorkers can go to the DMV website to change their gender marker to “X”, making the process faster and easier. The change follows a move made in May that New Yorkers can update their gender marker at a physical DMV office.
Governor Kathy Hochul says that the new online transaction is another step toward equality for the LGBTQ+ community.
“I am excited to announce this historic change that represents another victory in our fight to help ensure equality and respect for the LGBTQ+ community,” Governor Hochul said. “In New York, we are taking action to help ensure every person feels welcomed, represented, and free to live their truth, regardless of their gender identity or expression. My administration continues to be committed to this dream by giving New Yorkers the freedom to carry an identity document that represents their true self, ensuring that New York is a place of value, love and belonging.”
Governor Hochul also fought for major advancements in LGBTQ+ equity as part of this year’s budget.
The Enacted Budget includes $13.5 million for the Department of Health to support the LGBTQ+ community and more than doubles annual LGBTQ+ Health and Human Services funding.